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Hal Melia Leaves KC
Brief article reporting the 2004 departure of Hal Melia from Kansas City. During his 6 years in Kansas City, Melia was one of the city's hardest working jazz musicians, performing 220 gigs in 2003 on top...
Hampton's Hot Licks
October - November, 2005
Article recounting an August 28, 2005 birthday celebration for Charlie Parker held at his grave site in Lincoln Cemetery. The event, attended by about 250 fans and 30 Parker family members, was captured...
Happy Birthday JAM -- 20 Years!
Article celebrating the 20th anniversary of the creation of JAM (Jazz Ambassadors Magazine). Includes a discussion of the jazz scene in Kansas City, and its evolution over the years.
Harold Ashby, Former KC Jazz Player, Dies At 78
June 18, 2003
Newspaper article concerning the death of Harold Ashby, a Kansas City born jazz saxophonist who played with Duke Ellington's orchestra. He grew up in Kansas City attending R.T. Coles School and Lincoln...
Henderson, Haden & K. C. All-Stars Barnstorm
Photo and article about band "[o]rganized for the ephemeral film 'Kansas City,' the 13-piece Kansas City All-Stars."
History of Jazz
A comprehensive paper (written by Gordon Stevenson) on the history of jazz in the Kansas City and surrounding areas from its origins in the late 19th century to its decline after the Pendergast era around...
Honoring a Statesman of KC Jazz
April 13, 2004
Local jazz drummer, Everett Alvin Dodd, will have a headstone now thanks to the Coda Jazz Foundation. Dodd died on Christmas eve, 1999 and is buried in Forest Hill Cemetery. He was vice president of the...
Hot Lips Page
This book features the biography of Oran "Hot Lips" Page, local jazz trumpeter who was in Count Basie's early band. Page went on to be a featured soloist with Artie Shaw, a star of New York's 52nd street,...
I Remember You
June 28, 1905
Chapter of biography describing Charlie Parker's life from early 1952 to the time of his death in March, 1955. Includes details of gigs on the West Coast and elsewhere during these years, as well as the...
In Closing . . .
Obituary for saxophonist Harold Ashby, who died June 13, 2003 in New York. Ashby was born in Kansas City in 1925, and was ''a direct link to a succession of great Kansas City tenor players that included...
In Praise of Those Who Spread the Word
Alphabetical list of 33 individuals credited with "spreading the word" about Kansas City jazz on the national and international stage.
In Touch with Bobby Watson
December 2008/January 2009
Article profiles jazz saxphonist, composer, and educator, Bobby Watson. A native of Kansas City, Kansas, Watson spent much of his career in New York City. He returned to Kansas City in 2002 to assume the...
It Came from Kansas City: The How and Why behind the Development of Kansas City Jazz
Photos and article about the development of the unique Kansas City jazz sound and scene in the 1920s-1930s during the Pendergast machine era and the city's efforts to embrace the tradition in recent years....
Photos, illustrations, and information on Jay McShann, a jazz pianist born in Oklahoma about 1916 and coming to Kansas City in 1937, playing with several prominent jazz musicians and at many clubs, starting...
Jay McShann 1916-2006
March 1, 2007
Article memorializing Kansas City jazz great Jay McShann, composed of quotes about the musician by friends, fellow musicians, scholars, and fans.
Jay McShann: "It's Still a Gas Playing in Kansas City"
Interview with Kansas City jazz legend Jay McShann. McShann discusses his personal jazz history, as well as his relationship with Charlie Parker.
Jay McShann: Still Swingin' Away
Photos and biographical article about James Columbus McShann, or Jay McShann, a longtime black jazz and blues musician of Kansas City born in Oklahoma in 1916 and coming here in the 1930s as a pianist...
JayMo & Friends
March 1, 2006
Description of "Kansas City-based ensemble which regularly appears at Jardine's on Main Street". The band is named for lead singer Jay Mowbray who is also profiled.
Jazz Broke the Color Barrier, Musicians Say
Donald Parsons and Arch Martin recall the Kansas City jazz scene and how it did not include segregation between blacks and whites. They recalled how what mattered was rather or not you could play well....
Jazz great is sent off in style.
August 22, 2003
Column describes gathering of jazz musicians in Kansas City to commemorate the death of Harold Ashby. The saxophonist was born in Kansas City in 1925 but joined Duke Ellington's orchestra and lived in...
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